Saturday night I attended the fourth and final show of Ensemble Dal Niente‘s Unbound festival. The performance features pieces by Cage, Zorn, and Zappa. A really good show, and I encourage anyone interested in modern chamber music in Chicago to try to make it to one of their shows. Dal Niente’s season finals in on May 28th, and details follow.
Ensemble Dal Niente has taken listeners on a whirlwind tour of musical styles in the 2010-11 season; its season finale pairs two undeniable masterpieces, including Ligeti’s wild and exciting Piano Concerto, with works by Drew Baker and Augusta Read Thomas, longtime friends of Dal Niente
SEASON FINALE – Saturday, May 28, 2011, 7:30pm – ($15/$5 students)
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Michael Lewanski, conductor
Winston Choi, piano
DREW BAKER (b. 1978) – new work for ensemble, title TBA (WORLD PREMIERE)
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS (b.1964) – Rise Chanting for string quartet
GYORGY LIGETI (1923-2006) – Piano Concerto
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN (b.1939) – Workers Union
Labels in music are hopelessly inadequate, yet there’s a reason we keep turning to them. They are useful, for instance, in indicating what kind of concert it was that the two excellent young groups Victoire and the NOW Ensemble offered at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, courtesy of the Library of Congress. “Contemporary music” evokes visions of serialist knottiness; “alt-classical” better conjures up the mood of new classical music with an indie-rock sensibility, combined with amplification and a synthesizer or guitar, that prevailed on Saturday night.
Guitarist Marc Ribot‘s phone must ring a lot. He has become the go-to guy for Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Elton John and dozens more for recent studio work. A quick check of Allmusic.com indicates that he has played on more than 75 titles in the past five years, and the list of artists’ names is staggering. He fits in with saxophone iconoclast John Zorn as easily as the rock-country duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.
Here’s the full upcoming schedule through July for OOYH. All performances are Tuesday nights at The Windup Space from 9:30pm until Midnight and FREE. Hope to see you out. Enjoy!
May 17: John Dierker-reeds; Jacqueline Pollauf-harp; Brother Jake Leckie-bass
May 24: Danny Gouker-trumpet; Kevin Gift-keyboards; Alex Weber-bass; Ethan Snyder-drums
May 31: Solo/Duo/Trio Night w/ Cam Collins-sax; Blake Cramer-vibes; Chad Hochberg-drums The first set will be a combination of solos and duos (Matt will explain the process) followed by a trio for the second set.
June 7: Patrick McAvinue-violin; Matt Frazao-guitar; Anthony Pirog-guitar; Will Redman-drums
June 14: Susan Alcorn-pedal steel guitar; Chris Pumphrey-rhodes; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums
June 21: Chad Hochberg’s Going Away OOYH!!! Cam Collins-reeds; Eric Trudel-reeds; Matt Frazao-guitar; Jon Birkholz-keyboards; Adam Hopkins-bass; Chad Hochberg-drums The first set will be five duos…everyone as a duo with Chad. Second set will be the full sextet.
June 28: High/Low Night–Low Team: John Dierker-reeds; Andrew Delclos-bassoon; Colin Renick-bari sax; Brian Brunsman-bass; Adam Hopkins-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-low drums High Team: Brent Madsen-piccolo trumpet; Eric Trudel-flute; Matt Rynes-clarinet; Patrick McAvinue-violin; Alan Munshower-high drums First set is High Team, second set is Low Team, third set is both teams in an epic battle of High vs. Low.
July 5: Mike Cerri-trumpet; Liz Meredith-viola; Janel Leppin-cello; Savino Palumbo-keys; Lauren Shusterich-voice
July 12: Brent Madsen-trumpet; Jon Lipscomb-guitar; Mike Kuhl-drums
July 19: Ben Frock-trumpet; Zack Branch-cello; Brian Brunsman-bass; Ethan Snyder-drums
July 26: Derrick Michaels-sax; Michael Ronstadt-cello; Erik Spangler-electronics, melodica; Mike Ross-drums